According to Forcepoint’s report, businesses are turning to cloud-based security to be more flexible and reduce complexity. However, some misconceptions about cloud security still exist. Cloud security is expected to be a top priority for many organizations in 2019 because this is a secure technology for data migration. According to Intel research, more than 62% of cybersecurity professionals globally store their data in the cloud.
Cloud-based security solutions are easy to deploy, capable of providing enhanced security for all employees, extending application and data and system flexibility, reducing complexity and support costs. However, to achieve these advantages, organizations must choose the right supplier.
Here are 5 common misconceptions about cloud-based security infrastructure that businesses need to pay attention to.
1. The security certificate is not important
Cloud-based security providers should have certificates that show they comply with industry and government security standards.
Businesses should check these certifications as part of the supplier selection process before signing a contract.
For example, if you do not have ISO 27018 or CSA STAR certification, you do not know whether the supplier has local control over PII data, whether it complies with specific industry and local regulations in the region. Which your company does business with or not.
2. The supplier data center is always safer
Don’t think cloud providers always have a safer infrastructure. Providers are responsible for managing the data center security, implementing controls for data security, including encryption, tokens, and data loss prevention.
However, this does not necessarily mean the supplier’s data center is always safer than the enterprise, as they must both try to ensure that the requirements are met while protecting their data to achieve the safety certification of third party auditors.
3. The more data centers the better
Many people think that the more data centers the provider has, the better the performance and resilience of the service. However, the number of data centers has no direct impact on cloud service provider performance.
For example, Microsoft Azure has only 30 data centers globally, while many other smaller services have hundreds, but cannot match the performance of Azure.
4. Provider security services do not affect network security insurance costs
Your company may pay lower network premiums if the cloud service provider can prove that sensitive data is properly secured.
On the contrary, you still have to pay the costs or invest in network security insurance if the provider’s security services are not effective enough.
5. Just depend on external forces
Even when using the service from a cloud security provider, the enterprise IT department is still responsible for protecting assets and ensuring compliance with all security procedures.
Businesses must invest the time and resources needed to come up with information protection policies rather than relying on external forces.